The Mexican government assembled a committee of international experts to assess the necessary methods to save the Vaquita. The International Committee for the Recuperation of the Vaquita (CIRVA) previously met in 1997, 1999, and 2004. Members of CIRVA met again in February 2012 and reviewed progress of the Vaquita since the last meeting. The CIRVA recommendations are in this report:
Executive summary in Spanish: http://bit.ly/ID2sQS
In English: http://bit.ly/Hrgm92
The Vaquita population is still declining and is probably made up of under 200 individual Vaquitas.
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Thanks to Ellen DeGeneres for talking about the critical issue of fishing net entanglement on her show. You can watch her interview with Captain Dave Anderson here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DlIPKvYJ04&sns=em. If you find an entangled or injured ocean animal, call your nearby agency: http://www.savethewhales.org/strandingsD-2.html.
Join Vivavaquita at Whalefest on Saturday, January 21 from 9 am-5 pm at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California! They will be giving a special lecture about the Vaquita and showing the documentary “Vaquita: Last Chance for the Desert Porpoise”. Be sure to stop by the ¡Viva Vaquita!/American Cetacean Society Monterey Bay Chapter and Save The Whales booths to learn even more about the Vaquita! More information can be found at the link below. Even though I can’t attend (ahhh, the cost of traveling), anyone near or in Cali should head over for a great experience!
As part of their enforcement activities inside the Vaquita refuge, from April-October 2011 PROFEPA has:
- Completed 470 surveillance trips and 22 surveillance flights
- Written 28 inspection reports
- Confiscated 1,887 of product, 95 nets, 26 boats (pangas)
- Arrested 3 fishermen
Great job PROFEPA!
By clicking http://www.savethewhales.org/adoptVV.html, you can find out how to Adopt a Vaquita! A much awaited moment for me, it was a HUGE deal to see this! Please check it out. This is by far the best way to donate to the Vaquita. For $25 (all of which goes to the Vaquita), you get a lot of great Vaquita-related items that make the perfect gift for you or a loved one!
According to http://vaquita.tv/blog/latest-science-news/new-vaquita-population-estimate-250-animals/, the Vaquita population is 250 animals, which is 5 more than the previous update. This is great!
I have recently decided to remove the page “Vaquita Vendor” due to lack of activity on the blog. I apologize to anyone waiting for the page to begin running, but I think it is best that I cancel its opening. Anyone who still wants any sort of Vaquita artwork, PLEASE leave a comment below and I will try my best to make a completely personal order.
Rocky Point’s fleet headed out on Oct. 11 for the first time in 15 years to a section of the Alto Golfo and Rio Colorado Delta Biosphere: http://bit.ly/tqkNxQ. This is very bad news. We need more money!!
A very well-written article completely about the Vaquita can be found in the new issue of Audubon Magazine! It is called “Safety Net”. Please purchase the magazine at a local bookstore, or check it out at http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/conservation/safety-net-0. This article is extremely vital to the Vaquita.